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ADA Programs and Events
Learn more about ADA programs that originated from grassroots efforts, and which are made possible by Association volunteers in communities like yours.
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Cyber Community Campaign for Diabetes
With three simple steps, you can help spread the word and help ADA fulfill its mission online!
Locate the ADA office in your area, and learn what's going on in your community.
Become an Advocate
Take action on state and federal issues facing people with diabetes. Find out who your elected officials are. Register to become a Diabetes Advocate.
Volunteer Voice is a quarterly publication for volunteers of the American Diabetes Association.
Volunteers In Action E-News (VIA)
Distributed twice monthly, VIA updates volunteers on Association initiatives, announces new volunteer resources and provides breaking Association news. Appropriate for national and community level volunteers.
African American Initiative
Want to reach the millions with undiagnosed diabetes? Concerned about a community particularly hard hit by diabetes? Help us increase awareness of diabetes and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. Work with us on fun and informative church and community-based activities such as "Diabetes Day." We need volunteers to help us coordinate and promote these and many other activities.
American Diabetes Alert
The American Diabetes Alert is an annual, one-day call-to-action held on the fourth Tuesday of March for people to find out if they are at risk for diabetes. The Alert's goal is to raise the awareness that diabetes is serious, you can have diabetes and not even know it, and that taking the Risk Test is an easy way to find out if you are at risk for diabetes.
Awakening the Spirit
Native American communities are battling diabetes, with rates as high as 50% in some tribes. Awakening the Spirit reaches out to Native American communities in the U.S. with information about diabetes' seriousness and strategies for living well with diabetes.
DAR (Diabetes Assistance and Resources) increases awareness about diabetes in the Latino community. Join us in reaching out to a community devastated by diabetes and help to educate everyone about the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of prevention and control.
Diabetes Advocates are improving the lives of people with diabetes by working to find a cure, improve access to health care, and fight discrimination. If you are interested in public policy issues impacting the diabetes community, become a Diabetes Advocate.
Special Opportunities for Health Professionals
There's a simple Diabetes Risk Test that works to help identify the millions of people with undiagnosed diabetes. By distributing the Risk Test, you are helping to save lives.
Health professionals are needed as volunteers in many roles. Provide expert testimony to elected officials or form a team for America's Walk for Diabetes. Get involved with our activities and clear up misinformation, distribute the latest research findings and help improve diabetes care nationwide -- and increase your profile as a leader and health professional in your community.
Youth Zone Web site
The Youth Zone was created by the American Diabetes Association for kids with diabetes. The site offers diabetes information in a fun and interactive setting, and includes several games to entertain and educate.
America's Walk for Diabetes
America's Walk for Diabetes is the ADA's signature walk fund raising event. This event receives strong support from the business community, including sponsorship and corporate teams. Participants register and recruit friends or co-workers to walk and raise money to support diabetes research, information and advocacy. The day of the event is a party to celebrate the participants fund raising accomplishments, as well as an opportunity to promote awareness about the prevention and cure of diabetes, and the work of the American Diabetes Association. Check out the America’s Walk for Diabetes Web site.
Kiss A Pig®
Kiss A Pig is one of the Association's unique fund-raising campaigns. To "honor" the pig for aiding in discovering the effectiveness of insulin for people with diabetes, participants compete with each other to see who can raise the most money. The participant who raises the most money, usually a CEO or business executive, earns the honor of greeting the Kiss-A-Pig pig with a kiss. This greeting occurs at the final rally, sometimes a dinner party or gala. Kiss-A-Pig events take place in several cities nationwide, and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Association. If you or someone you know is the perfect candidate for this event and you need additional information, please call 1-888-DIABETES.
If you're an effective fundraiser, and you want to raise critical money for an excellent cause, then we need you. The ADA Research Foundation actively seeks contributions of $10,000 or more. Eighty percent of these gifts goes directly to support research awards and grants. Face-to-face interaction between informed volunteers and potential donors is the most effective way to raise major research gifts. Learn and share our research story.
Tour de Cure
Tour de Cure is the Association’s signature cycling fundraising event and takes place in over 70 cities nationwide. Participants are invited to come out and ride a tour route that encompasses everything from a breezy 20-mile course to a grueling century ride – they decide. *Participants have a great time and are asked to raise pledges and sponsorship dollars to support the ADA. This event occurs between the months of April and June. Check out the Tour de Cure Web site.
(courtesy of http://www.diabetes.org)